Post Office managers and union leaders will resume talks today to end the latest round of strikes, with both sides saying that they hope there will be a quick settlement.
The Government has also welcomed the initiative by the TUC, which stepped forward at the weekend offering to arbitrate.
Postal staff will be at work today clearing the backlog left by their two-day disruption last week, while talks begin under TUC auspices between management and the Communication Workers Union.
If the talks fail, the union is threatening another walk out, lasting three days, starting on Thursday.
Meanwhile Adam Crozier, the Post Office's chief executive, yesterday appealed to others to “shut up” rather than exaggerate his organisation's problems.